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Artwork of a Kānyī from Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten
First appearance Donkey Kong (Game Boy) (1994)
Subject origin Crab

Kānyī are crab enemies that appear in Donkey Kong on the Game Boy. They make their first appearance in Stage 3-2 on the Ship.

Kānyī walk slowly from side to side and sometimes stop and hide inside their shell for several moments. Mario can stand on them fine, but if he walks into them from the side, he loses a life. Kānyī enemies also try to defeat Mario themselves by reaching out to him with their extendable claws. They can be picked up and hurled, but they are otherwise tough, as they survive every time they crash into an enemy after getting thrown. Likewise, any object or enemy that is thrown into a Kānyī will ricochet into the enemy's shell. On the other hand, a Kānyī can be destroyed by plummeting fruit. Alternatively, it despawns from the stage it appears in provided it is thrown into a bottomless body of water; nonetheless, the player will not receive any points upon performing this action.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 ビースト族
性格 のびのびしている
登場ゲーム GBドンキー

Tribe: Beast clan
Disposition: Stretchy
Game appearances: GB Donkey
A firm attack from afar
A Kānyī can extend its scissors to attack at a distance as far away as its own body. It can get on top of you, but it can't lift you up. Let's try not to get too close.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カーニィー[2][1]
Distortion of「カニ」(kani, crab)


  1. ^ a b 「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 50.
  2. ^ Kazuki, Motoyama. Volume 29 of the KC Deluxe manga, page 68